After few years living in the US going back to randonneuring was on my list .I was physically ready . I have done all rides from the SR Series in Bulgaria, but it has been almost 10 years. I knew what to expect and I was mentally ready. The only thing is – no bicycle.
Training was hard in the winter before my first brevet. I joined DC Randonneurs – the closest bike club, organizing brevets in the DC metro area. My goal was to ride as many brevets as I can. We did the Urbana 200K and started from the Waffle house in Urbana ,MD.
Because it is one of the shortest distances, many riders showed up. We were on the road at 7 am and it was still dark .
My goal for this ride was 10 hours with a time limit being 13.5 hours. 10 miles after the start we joined another group as we were moving way too slow.
At mile 64 , just around noon, in the middle of the ride, we were in State Line PA. The control was at Earls`s Market
We grabbed a snack & filled our water bottles. The temperature was rising fast.
The highest point on the ride I believe was Catoctun Mountain Park in Thurmont, MD.
It felt good on the way back to Urbana & we kept a nice pace. Our group was helping one another with drafting , because we experienced some strong head winds along the way. Looking at my time, I was now shooting for my first 200km under 10 hours. I ended up with 9 hours 59 minutes. Goal accomplished..